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Maja S. K. Ratkje: Works for String Orchestra

Pictures From a Sinking City was commissioned by the Trondheim Soloists, and had its world premiere in Trondheim on 30 January, 2020. Tale of Lead and Frozen Light exists in two versions: one for a string quartet, Tale of Lead … Continue reading

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Koronaberetning 2020 (NO)

6. november 2020, rett før alt på nytt ble stengt ned og jeg ble permittert for første gang i mitt liv. En gang spurte folk hvor du var da Oddvar Brå brakk staven. Mange år senere, blant musikere, fikk askeskyen … Continue reading

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Corona lockdown concert for TUSK Festival 2020

Still photo from concert film by Marte Ingeborg Haltli and Elias Habbestad Kjelsås. Composed and performed for TUSK Virtual 2020. Part 1 of 2. Maja S. K. Ratkje is using voice and live electronics (with software by Øyvind Brandtsegg). Link … Continue reading

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SPUNK 25 år (NO)

photo by Kim Hiorthøy Guro Kleveland, Ballade.no 22.09.20 – Lasse Marhaug fikk tilgang til vårt arkiv og frie tøyler, forteller Maja S. K. Ratkje i SPUNK. – Det er jo så mye, og noe av det er ganske gammelt! Og … Continue reading

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Intens skjønnhetsopplevelse (NO)

Klassekampen 21.09.20 Det er et helt vesentlig jubileum når friimprovisasjonsgruppen Spunk nå fyller 25 år. Da gruppen startet opp i 1995 var de nemlig ganske alene om å drive med denne typen friimprovisasjon. En nærmere definisjon av gruppen er imidlertid … Continue reading

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Selected Solo Works, Vol. 1

First album in Frode Haltli’s tripple solo release on Svartskog Music Production (SMP) Three very different works for solo accordion: Edison Denisov’s masterpiece ‘Des ténèbres à la lumière’ (1995), and two first recordings: James Dillon’s ‘Two Studies’ (2002) and Maja … Continue reading

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MARA

Important Records: “Maja S. K. Ratkje is at the forefront of the musical avant-garde. Her music is bold, original and it is meant for sharing. At its heart lies Ratkje’s own voice, an open door to her individual musicianship and … Continue reading

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Atlantis, Utopia & Ulvedrømmer

Cellist Marianne Baudouin Lie’s solo album on Particular Recordings. Atlantis, Utopia and Ulvedrømmer is a project where cellist Marianne Baudouin Lie plays works for solo cello and her own voice. These works explore speech and the singing voice as an … Continue reading

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Orpheus’ Comfort, opera for babies / Orfeus’ trøst, opera for babyer

2020; dur: 25′; An opera for children 0-3 years old Continue reading

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HUS

The well-known visual artist Hanne Borchgrevink presents her project that questions how a picture can be described by sound, so that the listener and observer can experience the connection between picture and sound. The work was originally presented inn the … Continue reading

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Pictures From a Sinking City

2019; dur: 19′; String orchestra; Score at Wise Music Classical Continue reading

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The Beauty That Still Remains

“I had an occasional flash of understanding, but then got selfishly wrapped up again in my own problems and pleasures,” is a quote from Anne Frank’s diary, the book on which The Beauty That Still Remains is based. These are … Continue reading

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Everything is gonna be alright

Maja S. K. Ratkje: A Dismantled Ode To The Moral Value Of Art · Lasse Thoresen: Land of your love · Georg Friedrich Haas: Hertervig-Studien Aurora: “Sometimes you come across music that you think you have never heard before. As … Continue reading

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Sirkling

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2019; dur: 28′; Girls choir; Text by Monica Aasprong; Score at Wise Music Classical Continue reading

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Sult

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Based upon Ratkje’s music created for the ballet Sult (Hunger) by profiled director Jo Strømgren for the Norwegian National Ballet, this is a departure from records and live settings normally associated with Maja S. K. Ratkje as a solo performer, … Continue reading

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Sult album reviews (in Norwegian, Danish and Swedish)

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“Det låter fantastisk bra, også ut av sin opprinnelige sammenheng, med en utpreget taktilitet” Continue reading

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Sult album reviews (in English, German and Italian)

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The Quietus: Ratkje has produced a rare recording that balances beautiful, uncanny song, rich, acoustic composition and startling originality in equal measure. Continue reading

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Poke It With A Stick / Joining The Bots

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Album by Trondheim EMP. Øyvind Brandtsegg’s project explores cross-adaptive processing as a radical intervention in the communication between performing musicians. Digital audio analysis and processing techniques are used to enable features of one sound to inform the processing of another. … Continue reading

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Downbeat and jazzwise reviews of Rune Grammofon 20 years anniversary concert

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Her 45-minute set here encompassed electronic zaps and shrieks, wild ululations, delicate waves of sound from the theremin and a surprising passage of sound art, as she crumpled a huge sheet of plastic wrap into the microphone. Continue reading

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Let’s Put It To Music: 20 Years Of Rune Grammofon

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Rune Grammofon: “It´s no secret that Rune Grammofon founder Rune Kristoffersen is a big admirer of labels like Blue Note, Impuls, ECM, 4AD and Factory, to mention some labels with strong visual identities. But we can´t recall another label that … Continue reading

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